Frying pans and Footsteps, Fear and common sense
June 29, 2008 Leave a comment
Touch Hot Frying pan on of stove and the hand pulls away. immediately.
A reflex hard wired in us to protect us.
Touch a hot pan. Feel the heat. Yank the hand away. Feel the heart pound. Mind is now alert. Some fearful thought about touching the pan away.
But then common sense prevails.
With stored empirical experience and some reasoning… we realize that its just a hot pan. It just our Defenses. We can grab an oven mitt and get to our food that has been cooking. It took a little time to get to this point.
Fear is a faster and stronger feeling then anything else in us it seems.
( Bob Dylan’s song: Let me Die in my Foot steps. The analogy is that the Cold war Nuclear scare was so frightening, people spent more time digging fall out shelters (as if they were graves), then living.)
Its easy to see how fear can paralyze us. Keep us away from real happiness, just because our make-up says to defend ourselves at all costs.
Its our common sense and wits that we can recognize fear for what is. A mechanism. not the path of happiness.